Rebooting my newsreader: I give up. I returned from vacation yesterday and while I glanced at certain folders within my newsreader when I was away, I went a week letting many RSS feeds pile up. I now realize the only way to handle this backlog (backblog?) is to hit the “mark all read” button and forget trying to even glance at the headlines of many of my “read when you get a chance” feeds. Ah. Ignorance is bliss.
Update: My fingers almost mistyped “backlog” into “backblog” which I thought was a good word for the pile of unread RSS feeds in your newsreader. Apparently, it has another pseudo meaning, as well.
Update II: Dave Winer says I have a poorly designed newsreader. I would not fault the newsreader, but the reader – me. Actually, I think I have it set up in a real efficient manner that enabled me to review the flow of feeds I enjoy despite my spotty web access last week. I didn’t go fishing, but I was able to keep up with the flow.
My frustration today is with those RSS feeds piled into folders I call “read and review” . It was these “get-around-to-it” feeds I purged. I know there are some great posts in there but I don’t have the patience to catch-up with them.
Another thing, before I left for vacation, I spent several weeks unsubscribing to every e-mail newsletter that hit my inbox. For some who offer the same content via RSS, I switched. For those who don’t, well, bye-bye.